Iran Holds Massive Naval Drill Over 2 Million Sq. Kilometer Area

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With little active US presence in the region (see latest naval map below), on Sunday Iran launched a massive naval drill at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean. Ships, submarines and helicopters will take part in the drills across an area of about 2 million square kilometers (772,000 square miles) and marines will showcase their skills along Iran's southeastern coast, the state news agency IRNA said even as tensions with the United States continue to build after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran "on notice".

Iran's annual exercises will be held in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, the Bab el-Mandab and northern parts of the Indian Ocean, to train in the fight against terrorism and piracy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said, quoted by Reuters. Today's drill marks the last phase of war games that started in 2016, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported. The exercise, codenamed ‘Velayat 95’, kicked off in Iran’s south following an order from Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Apart from the main drills, Iran’s Navy commando units are conducting special operations in the southeastern Makran region. Last June, Sayyari said that Tehran was planning to carry out 20 military drills before March 2017. Iranian officials insist that the war games do not violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 signed in January of 2016.

The UN nuclear watchdog said on Saturday that Iran has been found to be in full compliance with the nuclear deal, but the report comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Earlier this month, then-US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said that “Iran had been put formally on notice” after Tehran fired a ballistic missile. Later in February, President Trump tweeted that “Iran is playing with fire,” promising that he won’t be as “kind as [former President] Obama” and warned the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table.

In response, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, blasted the US, saying Tehran remains “unmoved” by threats, but will use weapons “only in self-defense.” Last month, a US Navy destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian military ships that were allegedly approaching them at high speed near the Strait of Hormuz.

The latest US naval deployment shows that while the South China Sea has been a recent focus of the US navy, the only US ship in the region is the LHD 8 Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, although the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier is currently headed for the region.

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Stan522's picture

Saddam used to do the same thing.... until he was squashed... TWICE!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Saddam used to do the same thing.... until he was squashed... TWICE!"

The U.S. used to do the same thing... until it was squashed (Donbass, Aleppo, Scarborough Shoal)... x________ (which will be a much higher number than 2 here)

Fixed it!

mary mary's picture

Lebanon.  Vietnam.  Nobody wins every fight he picks.  Better to stop picking fights. 

After all the rhetoric, a bully is just a bully, and everybody knows he's a bully.

GUS100CORRINA's picture


I would agree except your BULLY has been given the capability of producing nuclear weapons and will not stop until all the INFIDELS are brought under submission or DEAD!! Who are the INFIDELS? Anyone who is not a MUSLIM. By the way, women have NO RIGHTS under ISLAM.

The west does not understand that ISLAM is a Religious System, a Political System and a Military System (RPM).

The above statement would apply to IRAN, LIBYA, TURKEY, AFGHANISTAN, etc., etc., etc. 

But don't believe me, read the QUR'AN, read the HADITH, understand Shariah and research the matter for yourself.

As a side note, if one really wants to see how BAD things can get in the days ahead, read the Book of Judges. The theme of that book is "EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES." In a word: COMPLETE and UTTER ANARCHY, VIOLENCE and DEATH.

mary mary's picture

Hmm...  I will reread the Book of Judges.  Thanks.

I believe most "major organized religions" are basically perversions of what the people they claim to speak for originally said and did.

Except that Abraham seems to have been a natural born con man and thief, and Judaism seems to be a religion for people from his family who want to grow up to be successful con men and thieves, like him.

The New Testaments were written by people who didn't even know Jesus, never met him.  None of them were written by the 12 he chose.  Why?

The Quran is so boring!

I consider "major organized religions" to be fascist organizations: Chambers of Commerce, Political Parties, and Employment Agencies, all rolled into one. 

"There are no monks in my band, there are no saints in this land.  I'll be doing all I can if I die an honest man".

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Mary Mary ... 

Thanks for sharing all your thoughts. That would go for everyone on ZH as well.

In the Book of Judges, the one section that contains the phrase "everyone did what was right in his own eyes" is listed below. In addition, I have listed two other places the same phrose occurs from the Book of Proverbs.

[Jdg 21:25 NKJV] 25 In those days [there was] no king in Israel; everyone did [what was] right in his own eyes.

[Pro 12:15 NKJV] 15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel [is] wise.

[Pro 21:2 NKJV] 2 Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.


The real SHOCK and AWE moment (if people are paying attention) is found Judges 19:29. When I first read this years ago, I said to myself: What a bunch barbarians! And GOD loves these prople after this incident. I have listed verse below. These people in the Book of Judges made ISIS look like BOYSCOUTS.

[Jdg 19:29 NKJV] 29 When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.

Ask youself the question: Why would GOD share this information with mankind?

I believe GOD wants us to understand that "if not by the GRACE OF GOD go I."

The world can be a very bad place without JESUS CHRIST. AMEN.

IRAN's path is clear. They need the Lord. But they are lot like Israel in the Book of Judges and reject Him at every turn.

That is truly too bad because it leads to nothing but disaster in the end.

Have a great evening.


Blankone's picture

Captain - Those locations did not have US troops doing the fighting and were not supported by direct US air attacks and missiles.  Huge difference between fighting a proxy of non regulars and the US military.

All the down votes the original poster got shows how people are only willing to see what they "want" to see.  He is correct, this is just like what Saddam did and in reality the US public for some reason reacts by wanting the country to be put in it's place.

Mother of All Battles!!!!  (How did that work out?)

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Mother of All Battles!!!! (How did that work out?)

Let me answer you...

How does $24 trillion look for the "One World Reserve Shit for Brains" that has all it's currency comin home to "roost" because of all those occupation(s) (for resources it can no longer control) where it will and should gasp it's last breath for what it's done everywhere else!

Laddie's picture

Yes. I mean Iran hasn't started a war in...ever
They had their leader OVERTHROWN by a CIA coup in the 1950s that put CIA puppet Shah Reza Pahlavi on the dictator's chair.
But that was OK right? More and more Americans are seeing through the CONTROLLED Government that we suffer under, and they are starting, a little bit, to understand just who owns and operates the mainstream media, and it ain't Moslems that is for sure.
Hollyweird, Wall Street, the Fed, all run by the same Tribe.

Iran, like Russia, like Syria all under the scope of the USSA and all other Tribe controlled governments. The USSA has TROOPS in Syria which is against INTERNATIONAL LAW, but the USSA is a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization.

Now the TRIBE that orchestrated the ASSASSINATION of JFK, they are our bestest pals:
Michael Collin Piper’s Final Judgement

But Bashar al-Assad, oh he is soooooooo EVIL, like that Putin fellow!

‘Putin and Assad saved my life’
February 10, 2017
Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) has been a witness to the “civil war” in Syria, but he says Western reports on the conflict in Syria are completely misleading: “The Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

Well maybe this Assad guy IS evil, I mean:
"The Jews tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the Prophet Muhammad."
Bashar al-Assad
"The disappearance of the Jews", The Economist (May 10, 2001)

GUS100CORRINA's picture

The WEST fails to understand the ideological WORLDVIEW that drives these people.

GO ASK Thomas Jefferson.

Remember the Marine fight song: "From the Halls of Montezuma and the Shores of Tripoli"

The US SHIPS were being attacked and the POTUS of that time sent the marines in and THUMPED these people. After that action, these people behaved like HUMANS instead of ANIMALS.

Remember the chants we heard from IRAN: "DEATH TO AMERICA" and "AMERICA IS THE GREAT SATAN".

OBAMA made AMERICA look weak in the eyes of IRAN. This was the real tragedy of the IRAN Nuclear deal. 

We need to treat IRAN like a CHILD who is bad. Flynn has already put IRAN on NOTICE.


"From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli,

We fight our country's battles On the land as on the sea.

First to fight for right and freedom,

And to keep our honor clean,

We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Oh GUS but you forgot this guy bearing gifts that got an 8 year war started ( to soften them up?!!!

And after "TWO" attempts we still don't control Iraq with a feudal barricaded jersey walled fortress built around the "Green Zone" that is so unstable the U.S. Department of State can't find volunteers to GO THERE... Rinse and repeat for Libya and Afghanistan!

What fucking pussies the American fighting men and women are using the the Israeli Zionist-Kike play book that has shown them nothing but abject failure in every theater of operation they've gone into since 1990 using undisciplined suicide proxies to do the 'heavy lifting" that creates nothing but chaos with no means to secure wherever it is they go that has bankrupted the State to obscurity!

It makes the Vietnam War look and smell like success!!!

Blankone's picture

They DO control Iraq in the manner they are satisfied with.  And one problem with your perception is that you do/did not understand their goals.  Iraq as a solid, unified society functioning at a sophisticated level is dead.  They were then no threat to Israel and no threat to align with other countries in the ME (before those countries were taken down - Libya and Syria).  Iraq now trades using the dollar without any threat to do otherwise and their gold has vanished. 

An unstable feudal patchwork of tribal lords who have no power outside of their small plot of land is just what the US/Israel wanted.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Iraq now trades using the dollar without any threat to do otherwise and their gold has vanished."

"YES" because the U.S. and it's partners looted all the Au and oil, just like Libya... Syria... Yemen... and the pipeline that is being blocked through Iran to China!

Just watch when Iraq starts trading it's oil following the lead of the #1 oil producer in the World that ain't Saudi Arabia, UAE or Qatar "BITCH"!!!

Blankone's picture

That's right.  They did that and forced Iraq into submission.  And Putin did NOTHING to stop it.

And just when is the deadline for Iraq to start trading it's oil in the ruble? 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"And Putin did NOTHING to stop it."

Now's your chance "Jew-Kike pussy Fuck"...

Go to Donbass BABY!!!

roadhazard's picture

What your dumb ass can not contemplate is the the US has given itself rules and can fight only with one hand tied behind it's back. The world has not seen what America can do since WW2 and you don't want to find out.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

The US has given itself rules? That's rich. The US makes the rules and only keeps them when it's convenient. We've bombed 7 countries with no declaration of war,(which makes it pRetty much illegal) is that limiting ourselves? You got some of that dumbass thing goin yerself. And what militrary spectacle would you just love to see? Did you forget shock and awe? We lit that sky up all night long with bombs.

Blankone's picture

Not disagreeing, but would like to point out that nobody could stop them from doing it again and again.


mary mary's picture

Tripoli is in Libya, not in Iran.

The USA Marines never fought Montezuma.

Stupid song words.

Wreckless's picture

The Marines did fight in Mexico. That is where the phrase "From the Halls of Montezuma" originated. Please learn your history or you will be forced to repeat it.

mary mary's picture

The USA Marines never fought Montezuma.  Learn to read.  Stupid song words.

shovelhead's picture

We never fought the shores of Tripoli either.

I can see you're not the crazy ass poetic alliteration type...

I'll bet you tell little kids that Santa isn't real, too.

musimann's picture

They did fight to the halls of Montezuma and they did fight on the shores of Tripoli. An argument about how great that was in terms of foreign policy might be appropriate. It is not an wise query to misquote the words of the Marine Hymn. In some circles that could get you an appropriate ass kicking. The greatest and most decorated Marine Gen Smedley Butler wrote a book in the 1930's called "War is a Racket" as he himself had questions about the wars and "actions" that he received medals of Honor for. He was pilloried by the PTB for perhaps the most heroic effort he had made in writing his book.

Semper Fi

mary mary's picture

I did not misquote any words.  The USA Marines did not fight Montezuma, and there were no "halls of Montezuma" in Mexico when the USA Marines went there.  There are good people and bad people in the USA Marines, just as there are in any organization.  I don't mind your singing your company song in your company, but when you sing it other people's company, they don't have to bow down to you.  But this is all besides the point, which is that the shores of Tripoli are not in Iran.

P.S.  John Adams built up the Coast Guard and coastal forts, but Jefferson defunded them some.  That turned out to cause problems in the War of 1812.  I have great respect for Jefferson, but he was not a military man.  Nevertheless, Jefferson did seize on the opportunity to purchase "Louisiana" (the western 2/3 of the current USA), which I think one might say was one of the best military moves in USA history.

BarkingCat's picture

It is not wise to argue with a marine.

They are not know for being the intelligent ones within the armed forces.

Cannon fodder never is.

That why they walk around telling everyone Simplify.


Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Remember the chants we heard from IRAN: "DEATH TO AMERICA" and "AMERICA IS THE GREAT SATAN"."

How would you feel if Iran had destroyed your democracy, stole Your oil, and installed a dictator?

And after that, How would you feel if you lost over half milliiom men in the US/Iraq war on Iran, including 100k chemical weapons victims?

How wouldyou feel if Iran used its influence to impose international sanctions on you crippliing your economny for decades?

I think I would probably feel like using words like "great satan"

Sounds appropriate to me. No civilized nation would do that, certainly not one whose commonly professed religion is Christianity, the religion of Love. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Deep state actors/ CIA meddling in the affairs of foreign nations, fomenting civil wars, death squads, propping up tin pot dictators, then take them out. Rigging democratic processes and elections of said nations, choosing sides. Bribe, bully, bluster, sanction and bomb back to the stone age. Supply weaponry to "friendly" factions, capitalize on internal strife, religious sects of said nations .. but here is the real kicker ...

We are doing this to "spread democracy around the world", and they hate us for our "freedoms." and "way of life." /s

And of course now US mass paranoia, epidemic mental illness, lies, bullshit that "others" are interfering in our elections. An elections, process by any objective measure, that is pure farce. Owellian you say. Absofuckinglutely, in spades ..

edit; Happen to have MSM on this morning, George Clinton Steponoppolice is hosting Nancy Peelousy .. Listening to her speak is I imagine, best described as Tower of Babel speak, speaking in tongue, completely incoherent, indecipherable.

Next up, The Russians, The Russians, meddling in the last election ..

"I know not why any one but a school-boy in his declamation should whine over the Commonwealth of Rome, which grew great only by the misery of the rest of mankind. The Romans, like others, as soon as they grew rich, grew corrupt; and in their corruption sold the lives and freedoms of themselves, and of one another. [...] A people, who while they were poor robbed mankind; and as soon as they became rich, robbed one another."

Johnson: Review of Thomas Blackwell's "Memoirs of the Court of Augustus"

Mementoil's picture

I keep hearing this claim, as though "America destroyed Iran's democracy".
Well, if the Iranians love democracy so much, what is preventing them from having one now?
Why do they opt for a ruthless theocracy, in which women are forced to walk around in tents and gays are hanged by the neck in the streets?

By the way, I don't really believe the Iranian people wants this regime or supports it.
It was forced upon it, and any attempt to change it is crushed mercilessly.

Pliskin's picture

Have you been to Iran?  Have you ever talked to Iranian people?  Have you ever been for a meal/dinner in a typical Iranian family's home?

I have (2011)

Not bragging, just saying...saying shut the fuck up!


musimann's picture

Yes I have and lived there for three years. Many Iranians live in the US and THEY ARE NOT THE THREAT. Unfortunate Americans are unbelievably stupid about Iran. I believe this to the result of 35 years of propaganda and Zionist manipulation. If we hate 'em we can justify bombing them back to the stone age. All Muslims are not the same. That is just a rerun of the old the only good Indian is a dead one. Not a big fan of the Khomeini brand but it is far better than Wahhabi extremism. Very much disagree with Trump's approach to Iran. It won't make America great again. He's not perfect but he's all we got now. I would like to not see a carrier group sitting on the bottom but if he follows up his nutty Likud McCain rhetoric with action that could likely happen. Even the Houthis have been been able sink numerous Saudis warships. The Iranians have much better weapons.

Call me Snake!

shovelhead's picture

Like Obama, It seemed like a good idea until the mask came off and they finally realized what they bought.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Mustafa Kemal

There is a lot of wickedness in the world. Every nation has people who are wicked in their deeds and actions. In the Christian Book (The Bible), Jesus Christ talks about a parable in Matthew 13 titled the Wheat and the Tares. Wheat are the "Children of GOD" and the tares are the "Children of the Wicked One". Both types exist in all governments.

You are correct when you state: "No civilized nation would do that, certainly not one whose commonly professed religion is Christianity, the religion of Love."

The problem is that not all Professing Christians are Confessing Christians. What is the difference? The Professing Christian is an APOSTATE. Those who have commited evil are either "Professing Christians Only" or UNBELIEVERS.

GOD has given all of us an answer many times. 

You are either a "CHILD OF GOD" (Jhn1:12-13) or a "CHILD OF THE WICKED ONE" (Jhn8:43-45)

The DOCTRINE OF HUMAN DEPRAVITY authored by Theologian AW PINK has additional information and answers for man's wickedness. See link below.

Bottom Line: Islam and its ideology are a big problem. Jesus Christ is the only answer for IRAN and the Iranian people. 

Until IRAN comes to this conclusion and quits persecuting Christians, their future will be filled with trouble of all kinds. The good news, in the end, the Bible predicts that IRAN will change, but only after much tribulation.

It is a tough answer, but it is the truth


Giant Meteor's picture

"Bottom Line: Islam is a big problem. Jesus Christ is the only answer for IRAN."

And by God, we should bomb, murder and sanction them, and all others, until they see the light! / s

I don't believe so. The answer, as always, involves cleaning your own side of the street first. Stop doing all manner of evil, in the name of God, Jesus, Allah, Cloud warrior, whomever. Let us stop dressing up this tart, this "mass insanity" in the name of ANYONES God. How about we live and let live. You let me live, and I let YOU live.

Of course this means we may have to rethink predatory capitalism, which is the natural endpoint.

We bomb, we maim, we murder, and support these things, not for God, Jesus etc. but because for some, there are vast amounts of payoff and power in it, to control others. Every organized "religion," as with any other man made system is a method of control. A system whose primary objective is, command and control.

Upon this rock Peter, I will build my church. People worshipping craven images (gold crosses) as example. Worshipping all manner of things, bling, bling, bada bing.



mary mary's picture

I think I am a child of Odin and Freya.

BarkingCat's picture

It is a much better story than the one created by the sand dwelling goat fuckers.

mary mary's picture

Where do I go to ask Thomas Jefferson?  And are you not actually talking about John Adams, not Thomas Jefferson?

GUS100CORRINA's picture

mary mary,

Your question: "Where do you go to ask Thomas Jefferson?"

My answer: The same place you go to ask GOD a question. READ THE BOOK (BIBLE) or in the case of Thomas Jefferson, read his writings.

It was Thomas Jefferson who first got a COPY OF THE QUA'RN and read it trying to figure out why American Ships were being attacked by Islamic Barbary Pirates.

==== History of Event ====

Following the war with the Barbary Pirates in 1805, when Lieutenant Presely N. O'Bannon and his small force of Marines participated in the capture of Derne and hoisted the American flag for the first time over a fortress of the Old World, the Colors of the Corps was inscribed with the words: "To the Shores of Tripoli."

Pliskin's picture

The last time I was in Church I asked God why did he let two grown men rape a three year old girl near my local park.

Still waiting for an answer!!

Giant Meteor's picture

Man has free will  ..


Edit; Each man gets to choose, decide, for themselves, to use it for good or for evil. 

My God, does not rape, abuse, nor murder children. Nor sanction such things.

As far as my understanding of things, it is for me to bring alignment of my own will, as close to the will of my God and what is His true perfection, which again, has nothing to do with murdering, raping, rationalization etc. Also, knowing, I will never achieve true perfection, but should consign myself to strive for it, just the same. I fail every day.

In the matter of these "men" in the park you mention. I would, no doubt, left to my own devices, take vengeance unto my own hands. Clearly I have a ways to go in my own spiritual development.

These are acts of evil, which God invariably gets the rap for, because humans cannot come to terms with these acts committed, evil done, pure evil, on the basis of human beings possessing free will....

People do, have done, many things in the "name" of God, Allah etc. Likewise observers tend to "blame" God, when it is PEOPLE, HUMAN BEINGS, their weaknesses and perversions, covered in "the list" WHO USE THEIR FREE WILL, WRONGLY ...

No downvote by me btw. Yours is a good and fair question.


GUS100CORRINA's picture


GOD has given all of us an answer many times. 

You are either a "CHILD OF GOD" (Jhn1:12-13) or a "CHILD OF THE WICKED ONE" (Jhn8:43-45)


The DOCTRINE OF HUMAN DEPRAVITY authored by Theologian AW PINK has additional information and answers for man's wickedness. See link below.

Most Pastors, etc in most Churches don't know doctrine. I will leave it there.

Bottom Line: Jesus Christ is the Answer to the Sad and Wicked Human Heart.

It is a tough answer, but it is the truth.

BarkingCat's picture

Last time I was in church was just a few weeks ago.

I went to take my mother as she is a religious woman.

It was very difficult hearing the stories and not scream out "what bull shit".

It is very obvious these stories were created by individuals that probably did not crack 80 on the IQ chart.

MFL5591's picture

This is the work of Clinton/Obama.  This is what the American left wants more of? 

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Who gave Iran the money to fund all this military "stuff"?

LasVegasDave's picture

Who gives a crap; israeli subs can sink their whole fleet and level their shithole of a country w nukes before the market opens

OverTheHedge's picture

There was a rumour floating around that so.some had sunk an Israeli sub a while ago. Part of the Syria/ Russia thing.

(BTW, did you see the pun? I quite liked that one)

mary mary's picture

Unless their German engineers go on strike.  Israel has never built a submarine and never will.

Giant Meteor's picture

Absolutely, and look how well that turned out! 

YHC-FTSE's picture

Since Iraq's navy had no ships since 1990, how did Saddam "used do the same thing"?

I really do not understand the jingoistic mental defectives who post lies. WTF is the point?